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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 16



Call of the House:

When Order for a Call made, Circular Letters to be sent to the Members requiring their attendance, 61—Manner in which the Call is proceeded with, 62—Members not at first present, but subsequently attending, 63—Members not attending at all during the day, 64.

Casting Votes. In case of Equality of Votes (on a Division), Speaker gives a casting voice; any reasons stated by him being entered in the Journals, 152—In Committee of whole House, Chairman gives a casting vote, 163—The Chairman of a page vii Select Committee can only vote when there is an equality of voices, 192.

Chair. Member, when elected Speaker, conducted to to the Chair, 11, 14, 15—When Speaker unavoidably absent, the Chairman of Committees takes the Chair, 25—Speaker, when he takes the Chair, reads the appointed Prayer, 41—After Prayers, Speaker counts the House, and if a Quorum is not present, he adjourns the House, 44.

Chairman of Committees of the Whole House:

To perform the duties of Speaker on unavoidable absence of Speaker, 25—Takes the Chair of the Committee of Supply, and of the Committee of Ways and Means, 378—On a Division in Committee of the whole House, if there is equality of voices, he gives a casting vote, 163—In the absence of the Chairman of Committees, the Committee elect their Chairman, 378—If difference arise in Committee concerning election of Chairman, he is appointed by the House, 161, 379—Chairman leaves the Chair if 20 Members not present, 170—Chairman directed to report, 172—To report progress, 173, 174—Motion that Chairman do now leave the Chair; its effect, 175—Signs Bills and presents them to Mr. Speaker, 319.

Chairman of Select Committees. The Chairman can only vote when there is an equality of voices, 192.

Claim of Privileges. Made by Speaker, 18—Exception thereto, 24.

Clerk at the Table. To read the Orders of the Day (after notices have been disposed of) without any Question put, 71.

Clerk Of The House:

List of Members delivered to, on the opening of page viii a new Parliament, 1—Goes up with the House to the Legislative Council on the opening of a Parlialiament, 3—Reads the Commission of the Commissioner appointed to administer the oath to Members, 5—Clerk addressed by Members when House proceeds to choice of Speaker, 8—Puts Question on choice of Speaker, 13,14—The names of Members called over by the Clerk alphabetically, on a Call of the House, 62—Names of those not answering taken down by the Clerk, 63—Clerk to take down words objected to, when directed by Speaker, 133—On a division, turns a two-minute sand-glass, 144—Clerk signs Orders of the House for the attendance of Witnesses, 206—To read Petitions when presented, if required, 281—Accounts and Papers deposited with the Clerk of the House, 351.

Commission for Opening Parliament. Course of proceeding, 2 et seq.

Commission for Administering Oaths to Members, 5,20.

Commission for Proroguing Parliament. Course pursued in regard to, 37.

Commission for giving Royal Assent to Bills, 343.

Commitment of Public Bills:

After Second Reading to a Committee of the whole House, or to a Select Committee, 304—Committee of the whole House; Question put for Speaker to leave the Chair, 306—When the Committee has reported progress, Speaker leaves the Chair without any question, ib.—Amendments that may be made to Question for Speaker to leave the Chair, 307.—Instructions to Committee on the Bill, 308—Several Bills may be considered together on the same day, except on objection by a Member in regard to any Bill not in progress, without the page ix Chairman leaving the Chair on each separate Bill, 309.

Committees on Public Bills:

Preamble postponed; clauses considered seriatim, 310—Amendments to clauses, 311—Question put on each clause, that it stand part of the Bill, 313—Proceedings in regard to blanks, 314—Clauses postponed, 315—Preamble considered and agreed to, 316—No notice to be taken of Proceedings in Committee until Report, 317—Report of Progress, and leave asked to sit again, 318—Bill reported, 319.

Committee on Public Petitions. All Petitions referred to, without Question put, 283.

Committees Select:

Number of Members of which composed, 178—On the appointment of every Select Committee, a day to be fixed for their report, 198—Notice of nomination required to be given, 179—Lists of Members serving on Select Committees posted up, 180—Names of Members asking questions of witnesses prefixed thereto in the Minutes, 181—Names of Members present each day to be entered, 182—Particulars in regard to Divisions required to be entered, 183—When quorum not present, 184.

Members discharged from attendance, and others added, 185—Quorum appointed by House, 186—But if no Quorum fixed, all to attend, ib.—Quorum of a Joint Committee, 187—Power to send for persons, papers, and records, 188—Admission of strangers to Committees, 189—When Members of the House may be present, 190—Secret Committees, 191—Chairman only votes when voices are equal, 192.

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Adjournment of Committees, 193—Not to sit during sitting of the House without leave, 194—Proceedings void after notice of House going to Prayers, 43—Evidence taken and documents produced before any Committee not to be published, 195.—Proof copies of Evidence to be distributed to Members of Committee only, 196—Report from time to time, 197—Report brought up and laid on the Table, 199—Committees have only power to report opinions to the House, 200—Instructions to Committees, 201, 205—Power of Committees to summon witnesses, 208—How summoned, ib.—Course pursued when a witness does not attend a Committee, 209—What corrections may be made in evidence of witnesses, 221.

Committee of the Whole House:

When Twenty Members not present, the Chairman reports same to the House, 48—Words used in Committee to which objection is made will be taken down, 134—Words to be objected to when used, 135—Rules of Debate in Committee, 139, 167—Disorder in Committee can only be censured by the House, 140—Divisions in Committee taken in the same way as in the House itself, 154.

Form of appointing a Committee of the whole House, 156—House resolves itself into Committee, 157—When Committee, after reporting progress, is ordered to sit again on a particular day, Speaker, when Order for the Committee read, is to leave the Chair without a Question put, 158—The Mace placed under the Table when Speaker leaves the Chair, 159—Chair taken by the Chairman of Committees, 160—If difference in Committee concerning Chairman, Speaker resumes, and Chairman appointed by House, 161.

Committee is to consider only such matters as page xi are referred to them, 162—Every Question decided by a majority of voices, 163—When equality of voices, Chairman gives casting vote, ib.—A Motion in Committee is not seconded, 164—Motion for Previous Question cannot be made, 165—Members may speak more than once, 166—Order observed in Debate, same as in the House, 167.

If sudden disorder arise, Speaker will resume the Chair, 168—Speaker also resumes the Chair in other cases, 169—If Twenty Members not present, Speaker resumes the Chair, 170—If Twenty present when the House is counted, the House again resolves itself into Committee, 171—Report made when all the matters referred have been considered, 172—Report of Progress, 173—Motion made during Committee to Report Progress, and ask leave to sit again, 174.

Motion that Chairman "do now leave the Chair," will supersede proceedings of Committee, 175—Report brought up without Question, 176—Proceedings in the House on Resolutions from a Committee, 177—When witness examined before a Committee of the whole House, any Member may put Questions, 223.

Complicated Questions. House may order them to be divided, 96.

Conferences: 231 to 244.

Consent of the Crown. To any Motion or Bill, how signified, 250.

See also Grants of Public Money.


Any Member absenting himself for more than a week without leave held guilty of contempt, 386—Or wilfully disobeying any Order of the House, or wilfully and vexatiously interrupting the orderly page xii conduct of the business of the House, 387—'Penalties for Contempt, 388—Pines applied to Library Fund, 389.

Counting the House:

House counted after Prayers, and if Twenty Members are not present, Speaker adjourns the House, 45—When Chairman of Committee of the whole House reports that Twenty Members are not present, Speaker counts House, and adjourns, 48—Doors unlocked while Speaker is counting, 49—House not counted when it meets for the despatch of business pursuant to Proclamation, nor when summoned to the Council Chamber by His Excellency or Commissioners, 45, 46.